Antonio Carlos Junior believes the 2021 PFL mild heavyweight championship will most definitely be contested between two winners of The Final Fighter: Brazil.
“Cara de Sapato”—who received TUF as a heavyweight serve in 2014—is determined to clash with Emiliano Sordi in a semifinal bout this Friday night at PFL 9, whereas fashioned TUF: Brazil winner Cezar Ferreira takes on Marthin Hamlet on the diversified facet of the bracket.
PFL 9 takes predicament at Seminole Provocative Rock Hotel and On line casino in Hollywood, Fla., and airs are residing on ESPN2.
“I’m rooting for ‘Mutante,’ my countryman,” Junior acknowledged in an interview with MMA Combating. “I’m hoping for a Brazilian last because of the that draw the belt stays in Brazil within the head. And he’s a dapper nice man, we’re very shut, we chat at any time after we meet. He’s a dapper nice man who deserves it. I’ll be rooting for him, no query. I’m hoping he advances. He can rely on my [positive] vitality.”
A PFL championship duel between TUF: Brazil winners “would be gigantic,” he continued. “That’s my want. I’m hoping he advances and we are in a position to kind this last between Brazilian champions.”
Junior must bag previous 2019 PFL champion Sordi to bag to the million-dollar clash even though, and sees it as “a huge divulge” even though the Argentine fighter hasn’t been as “dominant” in 2021 as he used to be throughout his jog within the PFL cage in 2019.
“He used to be extra dominant in his fights in 2019,” Junior acknowledged. “His two performances this year weren’t his ideal. I’m hoping he continues admire that [laughs], no longer giving his ideal. He’s very tricky, but there are some holes in his sport there. Nonetheless, he hits the truth is exhausting, fights the total time, is step by step coming forward in spite of how tired he’s. He has a ton of coronary heart and guys admire which would be exhausting to combat. He by no formula offers up.
“He hits exhausting, we’ve viewed him knock each person out the previous season and he’s the most up-to-date PFL champion. Now we must bag in with the explicit approach to be able to reach serve out with the snatch.”
Junior has faced and overwhelmed the likes of Marvin Vettori and Tim Boetsch below the UFC banner, but parted ways with the corporate in 2021 following selections setbacks to Uriah Hall, Ian Heinisch and Brad Tavares. With all of which hang below his belt,Junior sees Sordi as being “as tricky as all of them” but vows to snatch him to deep waters.
“It will per chance perchance per chance be gigantic to post him early,” he laughed. “I don’t know [how I’ll win], man. I glimpse him having a upright first spherical after which slowing down a bit. I mediate that bringing the combat to later rounds will place me in advantage. It’s exhausting to foretell how a combat will accelerate, but I believe the having a wager odds are potentially indicating a submission extra than one thing else.”